NHL Draft: “The Habs are very aggressive and willing to pay big” | JDM https://t.co/oi0Cy3R4mf
– Jonathan Bernier (@JBernierJDM) June 15, 2023
Jonathan Bernier (Journal de Montréal) spoke to a “source in the upper echelons of an NHL team” and this source says that the Habs want Will Smith, which is not surprising.
Basically, I think this is why Hughes is trying to get in on the draft. I’m convinced that Will Smith is the precise target in the eyes of the organization.
Going from the fifth to the second pick (Ducks) will be difficult for Kent Hughes, even if he’s “willing to pay dearly” according to the source in question. But moving up from fifth to fourth is an achievable goal, according to a scout contacted by Le Journal:
With all the young defensemen in the Habs’ system, it could certainly be one or two of them plus two draft picks. Logan Mailloux, perhaps? I don’t think he’ d fit in with a Canadiens jersey on his back. – An anonymous scout
The first: the CH would probably have to part with two picks and two defence prospects to move up a spot. We’re talking about defensemen because that’s what the Sharks are looking for in their rebuild right now.
The second: Logan Mailloux’s comment that he wouldn’t ” fit ” with a Canadiens jersey on his back.
Why not? Because he made a youthful mistake in the past, which automatically means he’s a bad person and doesn’t fit in with the Montreal Canadiens’ culture?
I’m not defending what he did, and yes, it’s true that he should never have committed that heinous act against a young woman almost three years ago. But at some point… we have to stop living in the past.
I don’t know if that’s the reason behind the recruiter’s comments. I hope not, actually, because it’s getting pretty ridiculous.
If we go back to basics, I think it’s a bit rich. It’s true that Hughes would have the certainty of being able to draft the player he likes (if he isn’t released in the top-3)…
Kent Hughes and his group would have to be 150% sure of their choice, because it’s a relatively high price.
– Speaking of the draft.
The Montreal Canadiens are reportedly interested in moving up to the 2nd or 4th overall spot at the Draft in a bid to draft Fantilli or Smith.
But what would it cost the team to move up in the Draft?
– Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) June 15, 2023
– Jarome Iginla is back in the Flames organization.
IGGY IGGY IGGY!
Jarome Iginla is returning to the #Flames as the Special Advisor to the General Manager!
– Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) June 15, 2023
– Interesting stuff.
There’s a few teams poking around the Sabres on Viktor Olofsson. Nothing close, but goal scorers normally draw attention.
– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 15, 2023
– If he’s lucky, he’ll play before 2024.
– theScore NHL (@theScoreNHL) June 15, 2023
– Too bad.